Canungra’s war memorial, erected in memory of those who enlisted in the Great War, includes the name of Thomas Davey Goddard who died tragically in Brisbane in 1916.
Under the headline, Drowning Fatality. Death of an AIF Recruit. an item in the Daily Standard newspaper, dated October 30, describes how the body of Thomas Goddard had been found floating in the St Lucia reach of the Brisbane River the day before.
According to the newspaper item, Goddard was a single man who had formerly resided at Tambourine Mountain.
“The deceased was 28 years of age, had in his pockets a newspaper of Saturday’s date, and an application form for enlistment in the AIF which also bore a certificate of fitness for service signed by Dr Steele, of Beenleigh,” it records.
“The body appeared to have been in the water for about five days. A post-mortem held this morning revealed the cause of death to be asphyxia by drowning.”